Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.
It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
I don't trust words. I trust pictures.
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.
I love the people I photograph. I mean, they're my friends. I've never met most of them or I don't know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.
I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Beauty can be seen in all things.
The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don't belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.
What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.
The eye should learn to listen before it looks.
There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.
Only photograph what you love.
Now, to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk.
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
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